August 10, 2014
ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH
MOTHER CHURCH OF THE BERKSHIRES
Msgr. Michael Shershanovich, Pastor
Rev. Geoffrey Deeker, CSS, Priest in Residence
Rev. Mr. Pasqual Baldasaro, Deacon
Coordinator of Youth Religious Education
e-Mail: [email protected]
Michele Madden, Secretary
e-Mail: [email protected]
Mrs. Patricia Momnie, Pastoral Minister
Tuesdays, 6:30 PM
Monday-Friday, 11:00 AM
Monday-Friday, 11:30 AM
St. Joseph’s Parish Office
Prayer Group 1st & 3rd Wednesday, 6:45 PM
414 North Street. Pittsfield, MA 01201
Tel: (413) 445-5789
Fax: (413) 443-5466
Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
e-Mail: [email protected]
St. Joseph’s Cemetery Web site: www.stjoepittsfield.com
Mr. Paul Guillou, Superintendent
Nancy Nolan, Secretary
Tel: (413) 499-1317
Sacrament of Baptism:
All new parents are expected to complete a course of instruction.
Please consult the parish office for classes.
Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Sacrament of Matrimony:
Couples should contact the parish office at least one year prior to the wedding.
New Parishioners should register at the parish office. We look forward to welcoming you to the
parish family and hope you will become involved with your time, talent and treasure.
Ministry to the Sick and Parishioners confined to home have visitations that are scheduled on a
regular basis. Please notify the parish office to make arrangements.
Religious Education Classes are held at St. Joseph’s High School following the 9:00 AM Mass
for all public school students, grades K-11, and parochial students preparing for Sacraments.
ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH—PITTSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary—This feast is a
very old solemnity in the church. It has been celebrated throughout the church from the sixth century on. Originally celebrated in
the East, the ancient title is the Dormition of Mary, or the Falling
Asleep of Mary. The earliest writing we find of this feast is from
the fourth century and it is written in the voice of St. John, whom
Jesus entrusted Mary to the care of as he hung upon the cross.
The teaching is that Mary was assumed into heaven after her "falling asleep in the Lord" before her
body suffered any decay. This doctrine of the church--even though the church has been celebrating this belief for centuries--was not declared a dogma until November 1, 1950 by Pope Pius XII. While the Eastern
Orthodox call this event the "dormition," the Roman Catholic Church calls it the Assumption.
Roman Catholicism is silent on the details of the Assumption. Therefore, Roman Catholics legitimately
can believe that Mary did not die before the Assumption. The holy day has always been celebrated in the
church on August 15.
St. Joseph 20/20 Club Week No. 14: Zoey Zoladz & Nina & Sil Mastrangelo—CONGRATULATIONS!
Sacrificial Giving Last Week: $6,833.00 AND THANK YOU for your generosity to our Missionary
Priest. His collection was $1,583. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
The St. Anne Society will meet on Wednesday, August 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish
Center. Following a brief business meeting, the evening will feature a variety of wonderful
events. A guest speaker, Barbara Pastie, a Certified Shake Your Soul Instructor which is a
form of dance and body movement for people of all ages, will demonstrate the “Shake
Your Soul” yoga style movement program that she can adjust for people of all ages and
physical ability. The annual baby shower will also take place. It has been strongly suggested that we refrain from buying the “cute little baby outfits” and bring more practical
gifts such as: Diapers—size 4 & 5, or baby wipes, formula, crib sheets, bibs, and burp
cloths. After we have exercised and perused the baby items, we can refresh ourselves with
our summertime Ice Cream social. Everyone is welcome to come out of the summer heat
and humidity and enjoy some fun, refreshment, exercise in our air conditioned Parish
From the Gospel of the Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Luke 11: “Blessed is the womb that carried you...Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” The dignity of each
human life is the blessing of the womb.
Let us pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life as a Church-not only for our diocese,
but also for the Church throughout the world. If God is calling you, Call Fr. Gary Dailey at (413) 452-0811 or
email: [email protected] Website: www.myvocation.com
Saturday 4 PM
LECTORS & EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: Nina Mastrangelo, Pat Momnie, Cheryl Furtek,
Barbara Dalo, Marie Kotowicz & Mary Sukiennik
LECTORS: Jim Armstrong & Sr. Jean Bostley
Sunday, 9 AM
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: Paul Guillou, Kurt Haswell, Anne Hynes, Pat Keegan,
Betty Kirby & Jack Laviolette
LECTORS: Jason Street & Joe Dahrouge
Sunday, 11:30 AM
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: P. McDonough & Mary Huska
LECTORS: Robert Bouquet & Anne Dunham
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St. Joseph’s Religious Education
CALLING ALL KIDS
We are coming back. We will once again continue with the Children’s Liturgy of the Word
(CLOW) at the nine o’clock Mass beginning
September 7th. Plan on being there with us to
celebrate and really hear God’s Word.
Please remove decorations by Labor Day,
Monday, September 1st. New decorations
are not allowed until November 1st.
Cemetery gates will be locked at dusk
beginning September 1st.
SARATOGA RACEWAY! August 25th
Please call the Rectory for
SAVE THE DATE: October 18th, 2014—St. Mark’s has scheduled a bus trip to COOPERSTOWN, NY. $85.00
per person, includes bus driver’s tip, pass to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Fenimore Art Museum and the Farmers
Museum, and time for you to see the many sights in Cooperstown and a delicious dinner at Romano’s Grill in Albany (a four course dinner) on the way home. Please call St. Mark’s Parish office at 447-9510 to reserve your
SHARING ROOTS DONATION DRIVE August 23rd & 24th
Calling all parishioners! Please help support this event by donating Lottery tickets, a toy for the Children’s Toy Basket, or
a grocery item for the Food Raffle Basket the weekend of
8/23 & 8/24 after each Mass.
Preparing for Sharing Roots Festival—You’re invited to a
workshop on making Italian Meat Sauce & Fettuccini Noodles!
Please join us on Thursday, August 28, at 9 AM in the Parish Center. We will be making Italian Meat Sauce—fresh, frozen, and packaged in quart containers will be on sale for $3.50 each. Also Fettuccini noodles, in 1/2 pound packages will be available at the
Italian Booth for $2.00 each. Lunch will be provided. Many hands
make for light work! Hope to see you there!
The Polish Community Club, Inc., 55 Linden Street, is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Wounded
Warrior Project, Rockin’ for Hereos II, on Saturday, August 16th. There is a $10 cover charge & the
event begins at 12 noon on the Club grounds, BYOC—Bring Your Own Chair! Bands include: BlackWater, Lulu and The Shoemakers, Jill Gallagher Band and Red Handed. The first bands begins at 1 PM.
Outside Cash Sales include Cash Bar, hamburgers, hot dogs, hot sausage. On Sunday, August 17th, the
club is hosting a Poker Run For Fun & Car Show to benefit the club. The Car Show starts at 10 AM &
the Poker Run begins at 12 Noon. Registration fee: $20 per poker player. Car Show only: $10. Picnic at
6 PM. Rain Date: 8/23/14. For information call Teresa at (413) 655-2955.
1 9 th S u n d a y i n O r d i n a r y T i m e
NEICH BED ZIE POCHWALONY JEZUS CHRYSTUS
GLUTEN FREE HOSTS AVAILABLE TO THOSE
WHO CANNOT TOLERATE GLUTEN. PLEASE
NOTIFY PRIEST BEFORE MASS.
Kindly silence all pagers & cell phones.
watch of the night,
he came toward them
walking on the sea."
The disciples weren't
prepared to see Jesus
walking on water.
They had already witnessed plenty of miracles at the hands of their teacher; only hours earlier he
had been curing the sick, and had multiplied five loaves
of bread and two fish into enough food to feed thousands. But this miracle was different. This one wasn't
to heal anyone or provide for anyone. This miracle
seemed more like a manifestation: a clear revelation of
Jesus' divine power. But the disciples were slow to get
the message. First, they thought they saw a ghost.
Then, Peter tried to step out in faith, but he fell when
the wind picked up. It wasn't until the storm ended
and the disciples were safe that they made their profession of faith, "Truly, you are the Son of God."
Healings, miracles, and manifestations of divinity weren't quite enough to make these men believe. The disciples' faith seems to have been dependent upon the
personal experience of being saved. To this point, the
mighty signs and works of Christ had been done on
behalf of others. They were wondrous to behold, but
apparently not enough to elicit a full declaration of
faith in Jesus. But when these frightened men had
their fears relieved, then they were ready to believe.
This is what Jesus wants to do for every one of us. He
became man to save us. He died on the cross to take
away our fears, to forgive our sins, and to give us eternal life. These aren't just stories about someone else's
life. This is the story of our life. Like Peter, Jesus says
to us, "Come." May we respond with confidence, putting our trust in the One who has the power to calm
the storms in our lives too.
You’re invited to
coffee & donuts
after the 9 AM Mass
Please join us!
Saturday, August 9th
CATHERINE & CHARLES FEZZIE
Requested by Mardi & Butch
Sunday, August 10th
ALBERT DINICOLA 2ND ANNIVERSARY
Requested by Wife, Maria
SAM ATTAR 20TH ANNIVERSARY
Requested by George Familly
Requested by Zia Maria
Monday, August 11th
Tuesday, August 12th
Wednesday, August 13th
Requested by Family
Thursday, August 14th
CHARLES E. & STELLA MURPHY
Requested by Son, Frank
Friday, August 15th
HAROLD & MARION PERKINS
Requested by Goddaughter
THERESA, JOSEPH TETI AND
Requested by Family
Saturday, August 16th
Requested by Family
Readings for the Week of August 10, 2014
Sunday: 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-13a/Rom 9:1-5/Mt 14:22-33
Monday: Ez 1:2-5, 24-28c/Mt 17:22-27
Tuesday: Ez 2:8--3:4/Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14
Wednesday: Ez 9:1-7; 10:18-22/Mt 18:15-20
Thursday: Ez 12:1-12/Mt 18:21--19:1
Friday: Vigil: 1 Chr 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2/1 Cor 15:54b-57/
Day: Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab/1 Cor 15:20-27/Lk 1:39-56
Saturday: Ez 18:1-10, 13b, 30-32/Mt 19:13-15
Next Sunday: Is 56:1, 6-7/Rom 11:13-15, 29-32/Mt 15:21-28